Vuk Vujasinovic’s $44 Million Verdict Inducted Into Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame
Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame
Our law firm is proud to have been recognized in the Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame. Texas Lawyer Magazine and their sister publication, Verdict Search, recognize attorneys and law firms for their verdicts of $10 million or more. While every verdict win, regardless of amount, is a success for both the attorney and their client, the cases in the Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame reflect the highest-grossing verdicts for the 5-year span from 2014 through 2018.
A $44 Million Verdict
In 2016, ExxonMobil was conducting a turnaround job at its refinery in Beaumont, Texas. ExxonMobil hired two contractors to assist with this job: AltairStrickland, Inc., a rigging contractor, and B&G Crane Services, Inc., a crane company. Before getting hired for the turnaround job, B&G Crane provided ExxonMobil with multiple written safety promises.
B&G failed to conduct most of the safety planning it had promised and ignored several red flags during a lifting job. B&G Crane started a job where they carelessly lifted a 12-ton heat exchanger from an area of the refinery five floors above ground level. The heat exchanger collided with a 1,000+ pound water pipe, causing the pipe to fall onto a worker’s head, resulting in fatal injuries. The worker’s family hired VB Attorneys after hearing about our law firm’s success in handling cases for injured refinery workers and their families.
B&G Crane Services failed to abide by its safety promises, resulting in the death of a hard worker and true family man. Vuk Vujasinovic and VB Attorneys asked the jury to award at least $32 million in order to compensate the victims and to make our communities safer by deterring companies from putting speed and profits over safety. The Jefferson County jury awarded compensatory damages of $44,370,000. Read the complete story by clicking here.